Category Archives: Television

Bury the lead, please

SPOILER AHEAD — Do not read before viewing the March 22nd episode.

Okay, that’s done.

This season of The Americans has been grim, even by their standards. It has also been sadly sex-free due to its focus on Paige and our favorite spies’ campaign to recruit a Russian defector by befriending his son.

Sometimes it feels like an episode of Pretty Little Comrades.

So imagine my excitement at the halfway point when they gave us a glimpse of Martha shopping the sparse shelves of a grocery store in Russia!

And that was all of her — no other scene, mention or clue. 

Geez, guys, couldn’t you have ended the show with that scene? Everybody loves a cliffhanger. 

What the world needs now

#WiigandCarellforGoldenGlobeHosts2018

Good grief 

Met Life, say it isn’t so.

You’re dropping Peanuts as the spokes characters for your brand?

Snoopy and the gang can sell anything…plus, your timing couldn’t be worse. 

The popular comic just released a new feature film, and a weekly cartoon series  is coming to television at the end of the year. Not to mention a new book (that I wrote) which is being released November 1st.

If I saw the Met Life folks, I think I would probably say:

This is late

I’ve watched three episodes of This Is Us on NBC.

The pilot was so good, it could have been a stand-alone movie. The second episode matched it. And tonight’s made me realize I wasn’t keeping score any more —

I’m all in.

So, I am sorry I’m just now mentioning it. I’ve been distracted by really excellent  TV.

On deck

A television series about the first female player in Major League Baseball?

Of course it premieres in 2016, the first year we have a credible chance of electing a female president. No coincidence there.

pitchBut when I watched the pilot episode on demand, I was pleasantly surprised.

First of all, the show is filled with supporting actors that I love seeing on TV.  Bob Balaban (Best in Show). Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years). Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by The Bell…okay, Franklin & Bash). Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa’s husband).

And the star of Pitch, Kylie Bunbury, is up for the task. I like her. And I’m intrigued by her character’s story (and the pilot episode’s big twist).

I do worry, though, that the pilot was a bit too complete — how many stories are left to tell?  I guess we’ll see if we stick around — wait for the baseball metaphor — for extra innings.

Had to do it.

 

Athletic ability  (or lack thereof)

​It’s like looking in a mirror…

He’s back

We are living in the age of the TV spokesperson.

Flo for Progressive. That perky AT&T gal at the mall.  The mayhem guy for Allstate. And they all owe their careers and pricey exclusive contracts to this guy:

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He made Verizon’s slogan ‘Can you hear me now?’ ubiquitous and annoying.

Then he disappeared.

Well…

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He’s back.

I guess his no-compete clause finally expired.